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been this delay. >> the former president of the united states, bill clinton, take it, has been spending time with the president today at the white house. what do weigh know about this? >> you know, it is interesting because we saw him come here to the white house to have a meeting with the president. we asked about that when we saw him arrive here. we were told that he came and was simply in town. and came here to stop by and meet with the president and also meet with other officials here at the white house. we don't know if he's still here. . beyond that we don't know anything else about that meeting. it does seem interesting the timing of this while this is all taking place, the former president, bill clinton did come by the white house. >> stand by. we will be getting back to you. once again, we are awaiting the president. he's supposed to come out around 4:30 p.m. eastern, 27 minutes or so from now. let's bring in our -- our panel, national security contributor, fran townsend, former homeland security adviser to president bush. also with us, national security analyst peter bergen. s
the ambassador from haiti to the united states, that more than 100,000 are feared dead or missing as a result of this earthquake that rocked haiti almost 24 hours ago. more than 100,000 people. we heard the same thing from the prime minister of haiti just a few hours ago. susan candiotti is now on the scene for us. just a little while ago filed this report. >> reporter: over my shoulder you will see some of the thousands of homes that are built into the side of the mountains here. these ones you see over my shoulder incredibly were not impacted by the earthquake, but as we flew from the dominican republic into port-au-prince, we began to see right away some of the devastation caused by this earthquake. we saw, for one thing, a lot of homes that were employeded, looked as though they had been imploded. then when we finally set down or helicopter at the airport here, we saw cracks in the airport, we saw people teeming outside, lined up, but patiently, without causing problem, waiting to see if they could get a commercial flight out. there was no way that was going to happen, but the real impact
blames the united states and israel for the assassination of one of its nuclear scientists. the bomb attack now ratcheting up tensions and iran's nuclear standoff with the west. i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center, for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up, but this just coming into "the situation room." a new breach of airline security, this time it's a potential health threat, not a terror threat. u.s. airways now confirms a person on the cdc's do not board list flew from philadelphia to san francisco on saturday. let's go to our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. what happened here? >> someone somewhere along the way dropped the ball. the way it words is the centers for disease control has a list of people who they think are basically a threat to public health, shouldn't be on a plane. this person was apparently on that list, the cdc gives the list to the tsa. the tsa is supposed to give that list to individual airlines, but something went wrong here. i find this next part a b
on election 2010. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> i am less interested in passing out blame than i am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. for ultimately the buck stops with me. as president i have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people and when the system fails, it is my responsibility. >> president obama taking responsibility this week for america's closest brush with airline terror in years. he suggested no one will be fired at least for now and he ordered a series of reforms including tougher rules for putting people on the no fly list, and more widespread distribution of intelligence reports. the president also renewing his declaration of war on al qaeda and its growing presence in yemen. cnn international security correspondent paula newton is in yemen for us. we'll go to her in a moment. also here in washington are our homeland security correspondent jeanne meserve and former homeland security inspector general clark kent irvin. thanks to al
into this al qaeda narrative that says that islam -- the united states is at war with islam. we have to be very careful. it's that narrative that feeds the ranks and builds the ranks of al qaeda. >> reporter: this afternoon, the council on american/islamic relations said the new guidelines amount to racial profiling, though the tsa says the majority of all travelers come to the u.s. will get enhanced screening, not just those from the 14 countries named. wolf? >> do you get the sense this is just the latest step that more are on the way? >> this is definitely an evolutionary process. they want to take some steps immediately. there will be reevaluations, new intelligence that come in, and things will change, i'm sure. >> thank you, jeanne. >>> let's get to the white house where the terror threat is the president's most urgent priority. he's back from vacation. our dan lothian is standing by. dan, the president is getting some high-level briefings today, getting ready for a full-scale meeting with his top advisers tomorrow? >> reporter: he is, wolf. first of all, the president getting an update f
. >>> the president of the united states getting ready to address the nation from the white house. as soon as he goes to the microphone, you'll hear what he has to say on the failed terror attack in detroit, outside detroit on christmas day. we'll go there live, you'll hear everything. in the meantime, let's check in with jack cafferty. he has today's "cafferty file." >> some say it's past time to begin profiling passengers. the u.s. is demanding better koreaning from places like iran, pakistan, saudi arabia, yemen, the usual suspects. the screening is to include things like full body scans, patdowns, searches of carry-on bags, and explosive detection technology. from the school of common sense comes the idea it makes sense to more thoroughly screen passengers who come from cunning where they may have been exposed to radical islamic teaching, but improved technology isn't the answer. the head of security for el al, says we need better questioning of passengers. he suggests hiring well-educated, highly trained agents, who know what to look for. he says profiling isn't about single out certain ethnic g
. they were not allowed to live with you in the united states because the authorities wouldn't let them scloc; is that right? >> that's right, it's actually an adoption case. we got approval for the adoption in the united states but haiti was really slow in the process. >> so you were going back and forth from the united states to spend time with your daughters. the earthquake hits, you don't know if they're alive or not. justin, you come into the picture. what happened? >> yes, sir. katie came to see me a-- kenned, we talked about what we needed to do and i tried to assist her with small things, getting assistance on the ground and i helped her in what i could. the small things started to become larger things. it was such a compelling story. you look into the eyes of a distraught mother, you want to do nothing more than help. so there was a moment where i just said, kennedy, i want to come with you. and when she agreed to let me come, the journey began. it was a very arduous one, but it had a happy ending. >> kennedy, how did you get to haiti from texas. >> we booked a flight to the dominica
to repeal don't ask/don't tell that allows -- that prevents gays from serving openly in the united states military. >> he will do that straight out, and has been under more pressure from gay and lesbian americans and others who support that policy to be more aggressive. he will ask the congress to repeal don't ask/don't tell, and will tell the congress that comprehensive immigration reform is a top priority. the interesting question and expectation is will he put in the pressure on the congress? last year it was pass health care and pass it this year. the president did not get that goal, did not get that critical wish, and they are much more reluctant at the white house this time, understanding the new political math and b, we are closer with each passing minute to the midterm elections. it makes democrats reluctant to touch sensitive issues. >> stand by, because we're going to continue this conversation. i want to about bring in some members of the best political team in television. if you listen to what the president says and thinks, it's clear he feels totally frustrated by the balloon
will be checking in with haiti's ambassador in the united states. lots more breaking news coverage coming up here in "the situation room." years from now, how will we look back on today? as the great recession? or as the recession that made us great? allstate has seen twelve recoveries. but this one's different. because we're different. we realized our things are not as important... as the future we're building with the ones we love. protect yours. put it... in good hands. ♪ ♪ wellbeing. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nuture it in your cat... with a full family of excellent nutrition... and helpful resources. ♪ purina cat chow. share a better life. >>> here is a fresh look at the 7.0 earthquake. at the moment it struck haiti, tuesday, 48 hours or so ago, weather developments this hour. president obama's now promising $100 million in immediate aid from the united states. a huge challenge for the obama administration getting americans out of the country and getting aid in. about 160 americans have been evacuated so far. several hundred more are set to go. aid pilots are
ambassador to the united states. see if we can get the paperwork moving to try to -- >> ask them to commit to doing it without the paperwork. could tomorrow -- there are planes going, people who have volunteered their planes. because i have 500 children who would go tomorrow morning. off the top of my head. 500. >> that's coming up. soledad, thank you. chris lawrence is on the scene. he's got more on this part of the story. chris, where are you? what do you see? >> wolf, we were driving back to our main office in port-au-prince, when all of a sudden a paramedic came running out into the middle of the street. he stopped our truck. he started asking -- please, i'm haitian, can we use your truck? we pulled up and they had just pulled a 23-year-old woman -- her name is maxine. they pulled her out of the rubble. she's a university student, just spoke of her sister. her sister has not seen her since the earthquake. searching for her every single day. a team of search and rescue teams from peru pulled her out of the rubble. there was a doctor on the scene there, an israeli doctor who took an init
that determination. >> finally, the 9/11 commission had said among the recommendations that the united states should attack terrorists and their organizations, root out sanctuaries utilizing every element of national power. do you believe that this applies to yemen now as well where we're seeing a growing increasing -- >> i think that's a good question, suzanne. and the president has, in fact, in the past, launched attacks in coordination with, we think, with the yemeni government, which is not the most robust government on the planet to say the least. but we have seen such action and the president has, again, reiterated his commitment to seek out those who have struck against us. perhaps this was, in fact, blowback for earlier attempts to get alaki and other individuals who we know are in yemen and sponsoring terrorism. >> thank you so much for joining us here in the "morning express." . >> always a pleasure. >> the airline bombing suspect allegedly hid explosives in his underwear. can the latest high tech scanner spot such weapons? we'll take a look. and president obama gets criticism from within
in the united states saying he's not guilty. this hour the dramatic scene inside the courtroom as he entered his plea and what comes next. >>> some muslim women say they're being stopped, searchened and even beating an airports sincely because they're wearing head scarves. is it part of the government's official policy? what's going on? >>> the republican national commit aye chairman under fire by members of his own party. they say michael steele needs to muzzle himself. >>> i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> his mug shot has been plastered all over the air waves and internet for weeks. today reporters got a better look at umar farouk abdulmutallab, the man charged with transcribing to blow up a u.s. airliner on christmas. our deborah feyerick was inside the courtroom when he entered the plea. she's joining us live from droimt. describe, deb, what happened. >> reporter: wolf, abdulmutallab walked in very, remember he's suffering lap burns have been detonated the bomb that was hidden in his underwear. he was wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants, sneakers, his feet were shack
to share this information with you, our viewers here in the united states and around the world. >>> she was buried alive when the world came tumbling down around her in haiti on tuesday. today a woman in port-au-prince was rescued with barely a scratch on her and with a horrific story to tell. gary tim man was there when she was pulled to safety. how do you feel right now? how are you doing? >> i'm okay. >> reporter: everyone was worried about you. you were up there for over two days. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: what do you think about these heroes, they're from iceland, men and women who rescued? >> i'm grateful. thank you. i don't know. i was still alive, but -- when they came, i really have faith that i would be rescued. >> reporter: we're so happy you're well. >> all i can say is thank you very much. >> reporter: thank you. >> reporter: and i was very hot. >> reporter: did you know what happened? >> well, i presumed that it was an earthquake, but i would not be 100% sure, because it happened so fast. my god, this is something i heard of -- i never thought how fast. >> reporter: were you
operation is being done mostly by the united states, by the u.n., by the other foreign and international forces who have been coming here, but everybody is careful to say that it's done in coordination and at the behest of the haitian government. >> christiane, thanks very much. this important programming note. christiane's program will be lived from port-au-prince this sunday, 2:00 p.m. eastern. american donations to earthquake relieved now have topped $355 million, our brian todd has been tracking the flow of aid and the rescue efforts. he found himself at the center of an attempt to save a dying boy's life. >> reporter: those who run critical aid through this airport stung by complaints that supplies aren't touching down when they should, not getting off the tarmac fast enough now say they have streamlined the operation. >> the aid is flowing in, not only from the united states government and the united states military, but all around the world. >> reporter: officials say up to 160 flights a day are coming through, compared with about 25 just after the earthquake, but this is also whe
're going to be looking to see is the united states the one that is developing clean coal technology. is the united states developing our natural gas resources the most effective way? is the united states the one that is going to lead in electric cars. because if we're not leading, those other countries are going to be leading. what i want to do is work with west virginia to figure out how we can seize that future. but to do that, that means there is going to have to be some transition. we can't operate the coal industry in the united states as if we're still in the 1920s or the 1930s or the 1950s. we have to be thinking what does that industry look like in the next 100 years, and it is going to be different. and that means there is going to be some transition and that's where i think a well thought through policy of incentivizing the new while, you know, recognizing that there is going to be a transition process and we're not just suddenly putting the old out of business right away, that has to be something that both republicans and democrats should be able to embrace. cared me to d
, and politics here in the united states. let's begin our coverage with dana bash. lots of emotion on this issue. >> that's right. the immediate question was, will senator reid step down, making calls, first of all, he said he won't, and making calls to democrats around town, especially in the senate. it seems as though there's no movement for him to do that, but reid, look, he's not a leader who is known as an orator, he's known for back-room dealing, and he has a big reservoir of support among senate democrats, but his advisers are still worried, they tell me, about the political fallout from this. that is why today he came out again for damage control. at home in nevada, harry reid's clean-energy event turned into an attempt to clean up a political event. >> i've apologized to the president, i've apologized to everyone within the sound of my voice that i could have used a better choice of words. >> those words reported in the new book "game change" saying then senator obama could get elented president, because -- reid tried to put his own explosive quotes in context, recounting his early priv
now. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." but first, breaking news. a dramatic story unfolding in haiti right now. a little girl has been found alive after four days under a collapsed day-care center. but she's trapped. she's trapped underneath tons of rubble. our anderson cooper is on the scene for us. anderson, set the scene for us. tell us what we know. >> reporter: well, what we know is somebody is trapped alive underneath this rubble, wolf. we don't know exactly who it is. there is a number of families here who believe that their loved one might be trapped. there is a little girl named laika who is 10 years old. her mother is the one who originally stopped these fire personnel from l.a. county fire department, l.a. county search and rescue. they were driving down the street, they're in control of this sector. they're responsible for searching rubble and debris in this secretarier y er sector i. they were stopped by a woman who was depond espondent saying her daughter was trapped alive inside
? and what might israel do in i'll speak live with the new israeli ambassador here in the united states, michael orrin. >> and explosives are put in a passenger's luggage containment without him knowing. wait until you find out who planted the explosives and why. >>> attention all democrats. there's new reason for political fear. surprise announcements posing more threats to the party's grip on power. (announcer) we understand. you want to grow internationally. >>> jack cafferty is standing by with "the cafferty file." lots of news today. >> indeed. how dare they. democratic leaders have decided to bypass a formal conference committee in order to reconcile the two bills. instead leaders will hold informal -- another word for secret -- negotiations, meant to shut republicans and the public out of the process. what a far cry from the election. when then cant oy 'bama pledged to broadcast health care negotiations on c-span so the american people can see what the choices are, unquote. president obama hasn't even made a token effort to keep his campaign promises of more openness and transpar
hatched outside the united states, and then accomplished against the united states. it's the worst attack in the history of this country. so what are we doing? this is a public relations gimmick to try him in a civilian court. >> because the art i get some have made is if he's found guilty, the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11, if a civilian court finds him guilty, a criminal court before the whole world watching, he's sentenced to death, and executed, that would be for the world, for america's reputation as a recruiting tool against clade, much better than if a military court were to do the same thing. i see you're smiling, but the argument -- you wouldn't have all the benefits that he would have in a civilian court. >> that's not going to make a darned bit of difference to the terrorists who want to kill us or murder us. it is going to cut off questioning and intelligence as it did on christmas day. finally, all of that will mean nothing, because the president of the united states and the attorney general have very unprecedented way announced he's going to be found guilty. so his conv
to improve and he's quite concerned the united states is not prepared if another catastrophe hits. here's how he explained it. >> what do you think the obama administration needs to do more? you said you didn't think the country was prepared, the administration was prepared to deal with another possible natural disaster. >> well, i think the obama administration has done a really good job with coming in after the fact and dealing with fema to do better and dealing with things we were struggling with in the bush administration. but what i'm talking about is the need to get ready for right after a disaster happens. and the need to make sure host cities will be taken care of as well as the affected city from the standpoint of the laws in place. for example, stanford after today still limits their amount of disaster loss to $500,000 maximum. anything you have to get a congressional action on -- which i had to do twice, i had to get a raise from 25% to auto% annual revenues. . >> really talking about cutting some of that red tape on the front end. that's just one of the many things that he sees th
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of a president now facing a world of change. >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> for the millions of haitians who are hungry, thirsty, homeless and injured, right now help can't come fast enough. and for all too many earthquake victims, help still hasn't come at all. here at cnn, we're dedicated to staying on this story and asking tough questions in the days and weeks ahead. no correspondent has put it in more time and energy and passion into this reporting from haiti than cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay is joining us now. sanjay, have things gotten better or worse over these nearly two weeks you've been there? >> reporter: well, they certainly is gotten better, wolf no question about that. but, remember where we started. first of all, where haiti was even the day before the earthquake, we talked about this a lot, but obviously this is a country that is very impoverished. as a result, you have that affecting everything, including the medical infrastructure. few hospitals, s
with our reporters. so stand by. other important news, the president of the united states is getting ready for his state of the union address tore night when he goes before congress, listen closely to how much applause he gets or doesn't get for his new plan to try to limit federal spending senior administration officials tell us mr. obama will call for a partial three-year spending freeze. that's just a drop in the bucket for a federal budget for more than $3 trillion. look at this. over half the federal budget goes to entitlements and other mandatory spending. those programs would not be affected like social security or defense. defense and other national security as i say would not be affected at all. that means the freeze would target about a fifth of the budget, but in the schemes of things not a huge amount of money. the president is already getting flack from both sides of the aisle. our dana bash asked senator john mccain for his reaction. you may remember that he rejected senator mccain's called for a spending freeze during the 2008 campaign. >> reporter: he said your proposal was
to the united states. how much might be needed to rebuilt haiti? reports say the nation is asking the international community right now for $3 billion at an international donors' conference in montreal. meanwhile, many victims are in desperate need of medical care. doctors from around the world have arrived to help out, so have nurses. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is on the ground for us, has been from almost the beginning. he joins us from port-au-prince. sanjay, i heard you say earlier in the day there are many more doctors and nurses there today, and at least they are beginning to get the situation, for all practical purposes, a little bit until control. >> reporter: no question, things are better today than yesterday, which is better than the day before. if you go to some of these hospitals which we've been visiting, you've seen some of the images from before, and you're about to see the imaging of what they look like now, but new problems have presented themselves as well, mainly due to persistent lack of organization. take a look. we're in the lobby here
are talking about the governor, charlie crist. the president of the united states. they were there together today but is charlie crist sort of trying to distance himself somewhat from the president because of his support for the economic stimulus plan last year? will it hurt his chances for re-election. joining us for our strategy session, paul begala and the former chief of staff for the president of the united states, george w. bush andy card. thanks very much for coming in. look at these pictures. this was the picture to a certain degree last year when the two men met. i think we have it right there. that was last year. i think -- at one point, yeah, there he is. you see the hug they got over there. and then today it was more of just a strictly handshake. there it is. at the airport. how much does this hurt charlie crist? he has a tough conservative challenger for the senatorial primary, rubio. >> i may be old school but always show respect to the president. the office of the president. i think it is right important the governor to greet the president when he comes to into the state and
of the gavel -- >> madam, speak up. the president of the united states. >> you're well off to be a fly on the wall at the state of the union, or an eagle on the ceiling. of course, everybody's favorite part of the state of the union is who collapse when. all rise -- please be seated. some suffered from pa -- premature applause. >> that embodies their strength. [ applause ] . >> after a dig at the opposition, someone yelled, oh, snap! >> the problem is, that's what we did for eight years. >> and at one point, one of the most avid clappers, barbara lee, nudged someone to get her not to clap. then there was the joint chiefs don't ask, don't tell, don't applaud moment. >> to finally appeal the law that denies gay americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. >> there was so much clapping for michelle obama, she gestured for everyone to sit. >> she gets embarrassed. >> so did garrett who accidentally gave out a soft porn site. jimmy kimmel imagined how the president should have described the state of the union. supreme court justice sammy aledo got the most att
the u.s. government is currently the largest employer in the united states with over 2 million civilian employees. the government's already proved it can, indeed, create jobs. the real question is whether the role government plays in creating jobs is good for the long-term health of the country. and the answer to that question is complex. perry says, excuse me for not being long winded, but not at all. dave says, you asked on tv, jack, why they always say jobs, jobs, jobs three times. they say it three times because men won't get the message if you won't see it three times. you always see signs that say girl, girls, girls, would anybody remember elvis presley's movie if they just called it girls? i have to go home now. if you want to read more, it's on my blog at cnn.com/caffertyfile. working late into the night doesn't agree with me at night. >> not going to last that much longer, jack. don't worry. see you back here tomorrow. >>> indiana congressman is trying to explain why his private charity spends tens of thousands of dollars on golf vacation for staff and donors but not a dime on
and destructive campaign finance decision in the history of the united states supreme court. >> all right. i think we missed the graphics incorrect for the two sound bites. let's bring in the senior political analyst gloria borger. we did -- had the wrong names. practically speaking, and you watched this very, very closely about as closely as anyone. the supreme court decision today, what's it mean? >> it is not like money has been getting into a political system by the third-party groups. look at the last would elections, close to $100 million spent by the two groups. what they really have done is taking sure the revolving door and basically taking the doorway off altogether. groups are really able to put money in through corporations and through unions and all different groups and to the individuals into these elections right now. >> if a bank or gm or somebody else wants to directly start advertising on behalf or against a candidate, they can do as much as they want. >> they can. obviously, there's political risk in corporations doing this because they have share holders and board of director.
around and we need to tell the united states mill to open two more airport. we have the capability to do it. we need somebody in washington to wake up and make it happen. we can't wait for the u.n. to figure out that it needs to be done. >> general honore, i want to get back to you, winnie, romeri leismt, we appreciate everything you're doing. thank you very much. >>> we're not going away, we're standing by. there is new information developing right now in port-au-prince on this search and rescue operation that's under way. it's been exactly a week, and they've just taken an elderly woman out, she's alive, but in desperate need of some surgery. they can't find the surgeons, the doctors, the medical equipment. there's an appeal. we heard anderson cooper on the scene, and there's potential two others still alive, maybe four, we'll go back to port-au-prince right after this. ♪ well, look who's here. it's ellen. hey, mayor white. how you doing? great. come on in. would you like to see our new police department? yeah, all right. this way. and here it is. completely networked. so, anything h
the courts. >> we reserve the right of our citizens through this agreement with the united states to reserve the right of the victims, which is big we keep them funnelly accountable for such a crime. >> reporter: the iraqi authorities conducted their own investigation and found those five men guilty of murder. let's remind but that incident. they were looking at u.s. diplomats and say they came under attack in their convoy from insurgents, but the allegation is they fired unnecessarily and escalated the use of force without provocat n provocation, killing 17 people. general deearno gave a press briefing today. and he addressed the issue, and over the dismissal of this -- over this ruling, that private security details might become targets themselves. he also said, however disappointing it might be not to have found someone accountable who you believe to be guilty, that that is simply a question of the rule of law. >> it's a lesson in the rule of law. you know, and that's what protects its citizens in the long run, having a sum where you use the rule of law to make your determinations, and i
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